Planning Commission & Board of Adjustment

March 4, 2021 Meeting Update:


Minn. Stat. §13D.021 requires the chief legal counsel or chief administrative officer to make a determination that an in-person meeting is not practical or prudent because of a health pandemic or an emergency declared under Chapter 12 of Minnesota Statutes. At this time, the governor has declared an emergency under Chapter 12 of Minnesota Statutes because of the COVID-19 health pandemic. Therefore, the chief legal counsel has determined that an in-person meeting is not practical or prudent. Accordingly, the Rice County Board of Adjustment and Planning Commission meetings will be conducted by telephone or other electronic means.


The meeting location at 320 Third Street NW, Faribault, MN 55021 is closed to the public. Therefore, telephone or another electronic means will be used to conduct the meeting. To the extent practical, the Board of Adjustment and Planning Commission shall allow a person to monitor the meeting electronically from a remote location. The Board of Adjustment and Planning Commission may require the person making a connection to pay for the documented additional cost that the body incurs as a result of the additional connection.


Remote access for the public includes the following:


Access by computer:

Register using the following link: 

Zoom Meeting Link


Access by phone:

Please call: (507) 332-6030

Meeting ID: 846-6892-7557


If you would like to virtually attend or participate in this public meeting and are in need of assistance, please call the County's Environmental Services Office at 507.332.6113 or e-mail Please call or email 24 hours before the meeting, if possible, if assistance is needed.

Regular Meetings

  • 6:30 p.m.
  • First Thursday of the month
  • Government Services Building
    Commissioners Room
    320 Third Street NW
    Faribault, MN 55021


  • Preston Bauer
  • Steve Underdahl
    Alternate Commissioner Representative
  • Jeff Docken
    Commissioner Representative

  • Charlie Peters
  • Jill Ellingson
  • Michael Streiff, III
  • John McCarthy

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes.


The Rice County Board of Commissioners appoints citizen representatives to serve on the Rice County Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment. The membership, terms and functions of both are set by Minnesota Statute Subdivision 394.27 and 394.30 respectively.


The Planning Commission has the authority to review and recommend County Board matters concerning Zoning, Re-Zoning, Conditional Use Permits, Preliminary and Final Plats, Ordinance changes/modifications, and Comprehensive Planning, including land use recommendations.

The Board of Adjustment has the exclusive authority to review variance requests of the Zoning Ordinance adopted by Rice County, hold public hearings, and make final decisions granting or denying the requested variances from the Zoning Ordinance.

Membership & Terms

The Planning Commission and Board of Adjustment consists of 5 members appointed by the County Board, representing an even distribution of geographic areas in the County. The term of each member shall be for 3 years. Each member may be eligible for reappointment, but not more than 3 consecutive 3 year terms. Meetings are held once a month or at the call of the Chairperson. Members are compensated in an amount set by the County Board.